Virgin Snow Along Kitchen Creek by Gene Walls

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This unblemished stretch of Kitchen Creek was simply calling out to be photographed. The babbling mountain stream through the forest, with newly fallen snow, bright sunshine and blue skies, embodied all of the awe inspiring beauty of the pristine winter scenery in Ricketts Glen.

This wilderness site is located along the Glen Leigh Trail, about half way between the B. Reynolds and R. B. Ricketts waterfalls. It was captured as it appeared on the very last day of 2012.

The image was captured hand-held with a Canon 5D camera through a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L professional lens. The lens’s focal length was set to 28mm. The shutter speed was 1/160th of a second @ f/8. The camera’s ISO was set to 400, to allow the shot to be captured without a tripod. The image is presented “As-Is”, without post processing or embellishment.

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This series of Ricketts Glen waterfall photographs were captured on December 31st, 2012, during an 8 hour winter hike & shoot with photographer Mark Van Scyoc. Twelve of the twenty-two “named” waterfalls in the park were visited during this trip.

Ricketts Glen is located near the small rural village of Red Rock, PA, at the junction of Pennsylvania State Routes 118 and 487. The park is about midway between Williamsport and Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania, in the north eastern region of the USA.

WARNING: Ricketts Glen waterfall trails are extremely dangerous in the winter months! They are closed to the public from late November unit spring. Winter hiking is only permitted if you are a well-equipped hiker with previous icy condition hiking or climbing experience. Each climber must register and sign in before entering the trails and must also sign out after the hike. Crampons, Ice axes and climbing ropes are absolutely required. This is NOT just a “walk in the park”.

Your comments are always welcome! Constructive criticism is appreciated.

© 2013 Gene Walls

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FEATURED in “The World As We Se It, or as we missed it”

FEATURED in “Nature’s Palette”

FEATURED in “Lakes & Inland Waterways”


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Hello, My name is Gene. I live in the Susquehanna river valley (West Branch), in the mountains of north central Pennsylvania. I strive to produce photographic images that are simply “true” to the subject, usually with minimal post processing. If something is beautiful or interesting enough to deserve a viewer’s attention, it justifies being captured just as it is …or as close to reality as possible.

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  • Stephen Thomas
    Stephen Thomasover 1 year ago


  • Thank you very kindly, Stephen!

    Best New Years wishes,


    – Gene Walls

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 1 year ago

    Nice capture Gene

  • Thanks, Larry!

    Kindest regards,


    – Gene Walls

  • CanyonWind
  • Thank you very kindly for this honor, Pop’s! I am extremely grateful to see this shot Featured in “The World As We Se It…”!

    Most appreciatively,


    – Gene Walls

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGover 1 year ago

  • Thank you very, very much for this wonderful honor, Graham! I truly appreciate having this photo Featured in “Seasons! Nature’s Palette”!

    Most gratefully,


    – Gene Walls

  • Pamela Jayne Smith
    Pamela Jayne S...over 1 year ago

    This wonderful work has been featured and can also be seen in this permanent gallery Thank you for being a part of the group
    15th February ’13

  • Thank you so much for this wonderful honor, Pamela! I’m completely thrilled to see this shot Featured in “Lakes & Inland Waterways”!

    Very gratefully,


    – Gene Walls

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